SUNSET ROCK BENEFIT
Bands include The Rubies, DaVita All Star Blues Band, Terry Sylvester (The Hollies) and The Falling Bones, 6-10 p.m. Sept. 12 at St. Johns County Pier Park, 350 A1A Beach Blvd., St. Augustine Beach. Food, beer, wine and a raffle are featured. Admission is free; proceeds benefit Artbreakers charity, National Kidney Foundation and The Kidney Trust; facebook.com/welovestaugustinebeach.
Laser shows are iPop 7 p.m., LaserOpolis at 8 p.m., Laser X at 9 p.m. and Laser Metallica Sept. 13; online tickets $5, Bryan Gooding Planetarium, Museum of Science & History, 1025 Museum Circle, Southbank, 396-7062, moshplanetarium.org.
MAD DADS MOTORCYCLE RIDE FOR LIFE
The seventh annual 50-mile Motorcycle Ride for Life is held Sept. 14 starting at FSCJ’s North Campus, 4501 Capper Road, ending at the downtown campus parking lot near Laura Street; register at maddadsrideforlife.eventbrite.com or call 534-9493.
The NF Walk & 5K Fun Run are held 8:30 a.m. Sept. 14 at the Jacksonville Zoo & Gardens, 370 Zoo Parkway, Northside, 757-4463, entry fee is $25 for adults, $15 for kids; proceeds benefit research for the Tumor Foundation, nfwalk.org, jacksonvillezoo.org.
MOTORCYCLE SWAP MEET
Live music, food and beer and a best bike contest are featured 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 15 at St. Augustine Flea Market, 2495 S.R. 207 (off I-95), 824-4210; $5 adults, kids free, staugustinefleamarket.com.
RIVERSIDE ARTS MARKET
Time Sawyer, Lis & Lon Williamson, Savanna Leigh Bassett Sept. 14. Local and regional art and a farmers market are featured 10 a.m.-4 p.m. every Sat., 715 Riverside Ave., free, 389-2449, riversideartsmarket.com.
GREAT BALLS OF FIRE
The new exhibit, "Great Balls of Fire: Comets, Asteroids and Meteors," opens 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 14 with a day of special activities and continues through Dec. 31 at Museum of Science & History, 1025 Museum Circle, Southbank, 396-6674, themosh.org.
ROLLIN’ ON THE RIVER
The 27th annual car and truck show is held 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Sept. 14 at The Jacksonville Landing, 2 Independent Drive, Downtown. Hundreds of cars of all makes, models and years are on display and DJ Lon Greenwood, prizes, raffles, a 50/50 drawing and Ronald McDonald himself are featured. Registration is $30. Admission is free; proceeds benefit local Ronald McDonald House Charities, 268-6684, carcouncil.org.
BENEFIT YARD SALE
The sale is held 8 a.m. Sept. 14 at 863 S. Fletcher Ave., Fernandina Beach; proceeds benefit Amelia Island Museum of History; 261-7378, ameliamuseum.org.
FLORIDA FIRST COAST TERPS
This benefit gathering — for folks from Maryland, University of Maryland grads, Terrapin fans or any crab-pickers — is held 2 p.m. Sept. 14 at Marlin Moon Grille, 1183 Beach Blvd., Jax Beach; $30 gets a half-dozen Old Bay-seasoned steamed blue crabs, Mayport shrimp, corn on the cob, first pitcher of Miller Lite; reservations required, call 703-2867; proceeds benefit the Florida-University of Maryland Scholarship Fund, email@example.com.
YAPPY HOUR TAILGATE
The free dog-friendly event, featuring a Longest Yard Fetch Contest, dog/owner spirit competition, games, expo, a hot dog-eating contest, live music and prizes, is held 2-5 p.m. Sept. 15 at The Jacksonville Landing, 2 Independent Drive, Downtown, 353-1188, jacksonvillelanding.com.
COMMUNITY LECTURE SERIES
Flagler College marks the 125th anniversary of former Hotel Ponce de Leon with its series, “The Hotel Ponce de Leon Deconstructed: Building the Future for Modern America.” Professor Catherine McFarland discusses "The Aesthetic Movement in America," 10 a.m. Sept. 17 in Flagler College's Flagler Room, 74 King St., St. Augustine; $5 for a single lecture; $15 for four; reservations required; 819-6282.
SQUARE DANCE LESSONS
The Rollaways Square Dance Club holds beginner square dance lessons 7 p.m. Sept. 17 and 24 at Sandalwood High School, 2750 John Prom Blvd., Southside, $5, 704-6634.
NATIVE PLANT SOCIETY
Dr. Joe Butler, University of North Florida, discusses “The Gopher Tortoise,” at the Florida Native Plant Society, Ixia Chapter, meeting, 6:30 p.m. Sept. 19 at Regency Square Library, 9900 Regency Square Blvd., Arlington, free, 655-2550, ixia.fnpschapters.org.
BOOKS & WRITING
New York Times bestselling author Todd discusses and signs copies of his new mystery, “A Question of Honor,” 7 p.m. Sept. 12 at The BookMark, 220 First St., Neptune Beach, 241-9026.
"Meet Me on Amelia Island," featuring recipes, photos and historic narrative, is released 5-7 p.m. Sept. 12 at The Book Loft, 214 Centre St., Fernandina Beach. Wine pairings, live music and recipe tastings are featured. 261-7378 ext. 101, ameliamuseum.org.
Ellen Feldman's novel, "Next to Love," is the topic 10 a.m.-noon Sept. 14 at Clay County Headquarters Library, 1895 Town Center Blvd., Fleming Island, 278-3722.
FIRST COAST ROMANCE WRITERS
An all-day workshop with Amy Atwell, author and founder of WritingGIAM online community, starts 10:30 a.m. Sept. 14 at West Regional Library, 1425 Chaffee Road S.,
DIARY OF A WIMPY KID
The "Diary of a Wimpy Kid Book 8 Mobile" appears 2 p.m. Sept. 16 at Books-A-Million, 9400 Atlantic Blvd., Ste. 15, Regency, 805-004. (Author Jeff Kinney is <> making an appearance with the book 8 mobile.)
CREATIVE BUSINESS PLANNNING
The class "Business Planning for Creatives: Artists, Writers, Healers, Coaches, & Independent Practitioners" is held 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Oct. 4 and 18, Nov. 1 and 15 and Dec. 6 in Atlantic Beach. To reserve a spot and get details, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 800-913-8611 ext. 1.
The popular comic is on 8 p.m. Sept. 13-14 at Latitude 30, 10370 Philips Hwy., Southside, $10, 365-5555, latthirty.com.
Former journalist DeVito appears 8:04 p.m. Sept. 12, 8:34 p.m. Sept. 13 and 8:04 p.m. and 10:10 p.m. Sept. 14; Danny Johnson hosts Showcase 6 p.m. Sept. 14, at The Comedy Club of Jacksonville, 11000 Beach Blvd., Ste. 8, Southside, $6-$50; 646-4277, jacksonvillecomedy.com.
"Whirling dervish" Arnez J appears 8 p.m. Sept. 12 and 8 and 10 p.m. Sept. 13-14 at The Comedy Zone, Ramada Inn, 3130 Hartley Rd., Mandarin; $25-$30; 292-4242, comedyzone.com.
LAUGH OUT LOUD
Comedy Night, featuring Josh Davis, Matt Watts, Chris Buck and Herman Nazworth, is 8-10 p.m. and 10:15-midnight Sept. 13 at The Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park, 3076 95th Drive, Live Oak, free, 386-364-1683, musicliveshere.com.
MIND, BODY & SOUL
DEPRESSION, BIPOLAR SUPPORT ALLIANCE
This group meets 6 p.m. every Tue. at Baptist Medical Center, 800 Prudential Drive, Pavilion Building, Southbank; free; 322-4040 or 294-5720.
PRACTICE WORLD PEACE
Brenda Star Walker leads the group 11 a.m.-noon on the first Sun. each month at Memorial Park, 1620 Riverside Ave., Riverside. Bring a ground cover. Practice suitable for all ages and abilities.
NATURE, SPORTS & OUTDOORS
LIONS GOLF TOURNAMENT
Check in for the inaugural tourney is 8:30 a.m., shotgun start 9 a.m. Sept. 14 at St. Augustine Shores Golf Club, 707 Shores Blvd., St. Augustine. Prizes, a putting contest and a barbecue lunch follow the tournament. Tickets are $45 per player (teams of four) and include lunch. Proceeds benefit the Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind and other Ancient City Lions Club charities; 501-3220.
LIVING TOGETHER: THE SPANISH & THE TIMUCUAN
Five centuries of Spanish influence in Florida and San Juan del Puerto Mission are discussed 2 p.m. Sept. 14 at Ribault Club, Fort George Island Cultural State Park, 11241 Fort George Road; free; 251-2320, floridastateparks.org.
POLITICS, ACTIVISM & BUSINESS
SOUTHSIDE BUSINESS MEN’S CLUB
Military Appreciation Day is observed noon Sept. 11 at San Jose Country Club, 7529 San Jose Blvd., Mandarin. Admission is $20. For reservations, call 396-5559.
ASSOCIATION OF RECORDS MANAGERS & ADMINISTRATORS
Ellen Kelbert discusses "Adding Value through Internal Customer Service" at the ARMA luncheon held 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Sept. 17 at Embassy Suites, 9300 Baymeadows Road, Baymeadows, $25 for members, $30 for nonmembers; RSVP to email@example.com.
The oversight committee of this crime-fighting initiative meets 4 p.m. Sept. 19, Eighth Floor Conference Room 851, Ball Building, 214 N. Hogan St., Downtown, 630-7306, coj.net.
HOME & PATIO SHOW
Sept. 19-22, Prime Osborn Convention Center
SOUTHERN WOMEN’S SHOW
Oct. 17-20, Prime Osborn Convention Center
FOLIO WEEKLY'S OKTOBERFEST
Oct. 19, St. Augustine Amphitheatre
Nov. 17, The Florida Theatre
ST. JOHNS RIVERKEEPER OYSTER ROAST
Nov. 22, Garden Club of Jacksonville